27 July 2008

Blessed are the poor...

Running a Megachurch

I don't usually comment on news items but, being a Houston gal myself, I struggle and am greatly annoyed with this guy. First of all, his religion is himself (it's HIS church if you read the name on the building - don't see Jesus name anywhere on there.) And now he says GOD wants him to be prosperous?? His lavish lifestyle, his limo trip after services to take his family to the Hannah Montana concert in Houston (which was a whole 'nuther flap due to supposedly few fans getting tickets and the majority going to select people), his wife's rudeness to airline staff on a recent flight...how can this POSSIBLY equate to the humble servant who gives up all to spread the gospel told over and over and over again in the New Testament?? AND, on his "tours", you PAY a ticket fee $25-30 I see) to hear him! The audacity blows my mind.

Methinks we don't know the same Jesus.

He reads like a Sears commercial - come see the softer side of God! Let me help you FEEL GOOD about your situation - without any change, repentance, true understanding...

"I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears (lit., "itched as to the hearing") they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry." (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

'Nuff said.


Emily said...

A friend of mine blogged recently about Mr. Osteen allowing the flag in the church but not images of the cross, because he didn't want to alienate people. Um, what? He is not much more than a motivational speaker...which is fine but not if you claim to be a Christian. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Jesus say the way was through Him...not yourself...which is basically the message of Mr. Osteen and those like him.

And methinks Joel Osteen has poor taste in draperies.

Cote de Texas said...

oh lord - what do you think of the lawsuit? She purposely is knocking over the microphone on the stand so the jury can see how "expressive" she is and how she uses her hands to talk!!! I think she is as guilty as sin, so to speak. And did you know they are building a mega mansion in River Oaks - the property alone was worth something like over 5 million!!!! But, I do have to say that he IS an impressive speaker and like his message, so kill me!!!! AND I'm Jewish too!!